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Testing for promotions: Finning Ltd. and IAMAW Lodge 99, Chargehand selection grievance

The Finning case is presented for the validity of standardized employee tests and other criteria for promotion, application of a “sufficient ability” standard, the manner in which test results are applied, and the relevance of other factors to promotion.

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Examines the relationship between ability and seniority in the context of the “pessimistic” theory – that the use of seniority as a factor in promotions impairs productivity and individual initiative. The author posits that more study is needed, but suggests that seniority might be favored over ability as a factor in reviewing promotional decisions not …

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The author suggests an inconsistency in Prof. Healy’s paper [1955, page 45], in that it seems to decry the prevalence of seniority over ability as a factor in the employment relationship, while the evidence seems to suggest that the reliance on seniority – rather than ability – provides equivalent results in terms of efficiency and …

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